Friday, September 9

  • Show, vendor, and demo setup
  • Entry Registration
  • Carvers get together reception

Saturday, September 10

  • Judging of carvings in showroom
  • Judging of decoys in the fountain pool
  • Seminar/Demo
  • Awards Banquet
  • Cocktail bird auction

Sunday, September 11

  • Seminar/Demoby
  • Painting/Carving Demos, Tool Vendors
  • Raffle Drawing
  • Mini Decoy Trader Green-winged Teal Drake Trade
  • Carving critiques by experts

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The Columbia Flyway Wildlife ShowFeather & Quill Carvers in partnership with the City of Vancouver’s Water Resource Education Center extend a warm welcome and a cordial invitation to attend the 29th Annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show & Northwest Championship Competition on September 10 and 11, 2016. Join us for a great experience.

This show has the reputation as the premier wildlife carving show and competition in the Northwest. The facility at the beautiful Water Resources Education Center on the banks of the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington has every amenity that an art show focusing on wildlife sculpture could ask for. The show focuses on hand carved, textured, and painted wood sculptures of birds, fish, and mammals in fifteen competitive divisions.

View the judging of wildlife carvings in the main auditorium and the decoys in the fountain pool. Take advantage of the free seminars and demonstrations. And as if that is not enough, join us at the Fountain Pool for the 6” mini decoy floaters “trade” event where grown carvers get more excited than they should at the intense competition and nail biting dramatics.

The Will Hayden Memorial Awards will be awarded to the best of show for intermediate and novice carvers. Due to the generous donations from area carving clubs and individuals who benefitted from Will’s years of friendship, mentoring, and support, this award will be given for years to come.

This show is a member of the International Wildfowl Carvers Association (IWCA). If you enter the IWCA Divisions and are a member of IWCA, you will be eligible for IWCA National Events such as the Championship contests. Check the IWCA rules here.

Click Here to View the Winners from the 2016 Show

by Donald Baiar

The City of Vancouver Washington’s spectacular Water Resources Education Center and Van-couver’s Feather and Quill Carvers hosted the 28th Annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show “Northwest Championship" on September 12th and 13th. The show drew 93 Carvers from 16 States and Canada. Perennial favorite and Grebe carving master Ted Smith of Napa Idaho bagged BEST OF SHOW honors with his entrancing Western Grebe. The Ducks Unlimited Judge chose Californian Anthony Donato’s lifelike Shoveler drake and the team from Audubon chose a striking Miniature Barn Owl by Kirkland Washington’s Tom Jones. Chairman’s Award was bagged by Novice Carver Ivan Lee for his stately Kestrel and Vancouver Mayor’s Award was taken by a Novice Oregon Carver, Dale Butts, for a well rendered Mallard hen. Talented Canadian Carver Dieter Golze took home Saturday’s People’s Choice for a wonderful Grey Jay on a stunningly real carved camp coffee pot and Judy Caldwell’s exquisite Bobcat Kitten playing with a moth earned People’s Choice on Sunday. The Coveted Carver’s Choice Award went to Mike Budesilich for an outstanding wall mount Kokanee grouping. The Will Hayden Awards for the best amateur carvings were awarded to Mike Bisceglia’s well rendered first place Ring-neck drake, Timeri Hanson’s fine Western Meadowlark in second, and Tony Pecolatto’s remarkable third place very large, Large-mouth Bass. The Water Resources Center Award folks picked Ken Johnson’s excellent Chinook Salmon as their favorite among a bevy of great fish carvings newly overseen and judged by members of the National Fish Carvers Guild. The top three finishers in our banquet Cocktail Bird Auction were Judy Caldwell’s tiny Fawn, Ted Smith’s little Eared Grebe, and Tony Donato’s 2” whimsical duck on a tequila bottle. F & Q thanks all who donated their items to help support our show.

The $1000 Best IWCA Style Purchase Award went to Gary Joe Bryan’s great Long-tailed drake, and the Feather & Quill $500 Purchase Award was taken by our favorite coastal carver Vern Jones for his convincing and rarely carved Hybrid Widgeon. The Best of Back Yard Birds $1200 Purchase Award went to Waterfowl Carving’s bird painting guru Jerry Poindexter for his pair of Oregon Juncos. The Best of Northwest Dr. Lyon $1200 Purchase Award was won by another frequent contributor to Waterfowl Carving, Jerry Simchuk, for his true to life Pine Siskin.

Feather and Quill would like to sincerely thank all those out of town and local carving enthusiasts for all their assistance in making the show a success.

Next year’s event will be held September 10 and 11, 2016. The species for Best of NW will be the McGillivrays Warbler. The 6” Trader subject will be a Green-winged Teal Drake. Regularly keep eye on our website: for 2015 reports, photos, next year’s show news, periodic updates, 2016 brochure, and contact information. Please “Like” our Facebook page: Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show & Competition.

Come enter Vancouver's CFWS next year on Sept. 10 & 11, 2016.

Contact: Donald Baiar: or Byrn & JoAnne Watson:

Photos by: Matt Furcron Photography, Phone: (503) 402-3379
910 SE 97th Ave
Vancouver, WA 98664

Ted Smith

I have been fortunate to have family and friends who encouraged me to carve and market my carvings for thirty-two years. When I retired 5 years ago I made the decision to get into competition. My Pied-billed Grebe won best of Show. The next year, my Eared Grebe won best of Show at the Pacific Flyway Show.

In 2012, Jerry Simchuk asked me to join him in attending the World Competition . I entered my Western Grebe in the Smoothie Division. He took 1st in species, 1st in category, and Best of Division. Knowing I had just been lucky, the following year I entered a Red-necked Grebe. He also won the same ribbons.

These two wins moved me to the Championship Division of the Lem and Steve Ward Competition. In the past two years my grebes have placed first in the Confidence cate-gory at the World level.

My secret is “You only lose when you stop trying.”

The 2015 Feather & Quill Purchase Award is the Raffle Prize for 2016. Tickets can be purchased for this Green-winged Teal carved by Vern Jones of Westport, California. Tickets are available now by mail and will be sold on the show weekend. The drawing will be held Sunday at 3:30 pm.

Tickets are $1 each or 12 for $10. You need not be present to win.

Mail your request and check to:

Don Baiar

1117 NE 124th Ave

Vancouver, WA 98684

Washington Federal Junior Duck Stamp
2016 Winners

Exhibited in the Water Resources Center — August and September 2016

2016 Winner
Crystyn Rocheleau
Age 17
Vancouver, WA